Casio is releasing three “Love The Sea And The Earth” watches to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first collaboration with the International Cetacean Education Research Center (a.k.a. ICERC). The many collaborations with ICERC over the years have produced some of the most memorable and collectible limited edition G-Shock watches, especially with the Frogman line. For 2019, Casio is releasing the G-Shock Frogman GF-8251K-7JR (list price 48,000 JPY), the G-Shock GW-6903K-7JR (23,500 JPY), and the Baby-G BGD-5001K (21,000 JPY). These three models will be released on June 7, 2019, in Japan.
These special edition watches follow the recent trend of semi-transparent bezels paired with colored inner cases, with the G-Shock models having a blue inner case to represent the blue whale, and the Baby-G having a pink inner case to represent the pink river dolphin. The bands on each watch feature illustrations of 24 whales (G-Shock) or dolphins (Baby-G), with another whale or dolphin appearing on the EL backlight for a total of 25. The exclusive packaging includes a special booklet about the collaboration.
G-Shock Frogman GF-8251K-7JR
The base GF-8250 of the G-Shock Frogman GF-8251K-7JR is a more affordable Frogman model that is used for limited and special edition releases. The GF-8251K-7JR features Tough Solar power, a tide and moon graph, and is an ISO-compliant “Diver’s 200M” watch. The GF-8251K-7JR has an inner stainless steel case that is treated with a blue ion plating and a screw-lock case back.
The GF-8251K-7JR appears to have a uniquely textured band surface with the whale pattern printed on it.
The G-Shock GW-6903K-7JR features Tough Solar power and Multi-Band 6 automatic radio timekeeping.
The Baby-G BGD-5001K-7JR is based on the original Baby-G DW-520 case from 1994 and has modern features like Tough Solar and Multi-Band 6.
The band of the BGD-5001K is very transparent as seen in this photo from Casio.
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The engraved “Love The Sea And The Earth 2019” stainless steel case back design and dolphin (Baby-G) and whale (G-Shock) EL backlight graphics:
Exclusive Love The Sea And The Earth and ICERC packaging with whale and dolphin motif:
Photos via news.mynavi.jp
Original Pre-Official Post (April 7, 2019):
The latest G-Shock leak making the rounds online is what appears to be a new Love The Sea And The Earth collaboration with I.C.E.R.C. (International Cetacean Education Research Center). The G-Shock Frogman GF-8251K-7JR and G-Shock GW-6903K-7JR feature an ocean-inspired motif with transparent bezels and bands and blue inner cases.
The stainless steel inner case of the GF-8251K-7 Frogman appears to have a blue ion plating and the GW-6903K-7 appears to have an inner case made of blue resin. The watch bands of both models display a special pattern depicting the silhouettes of whales and dolphins. According to Zona Casio, this pattern on the GF-8251K-7 is textured into the band’s surface which is a very unique element for a G-Shock. (Update: New photos suggest that the band does have a textured surface, but the whale pattern appears to be printed onto the band and is not a 3D textured pattern as we interpreted.) The GF-8251K-7 has white bezel lettering and the GW-6903K-7 has a gold G-Shock logo. These watches are also expected to have custom case backs and EL backlights.
The GF-8251K-7 is a more affordable Frogman model (compared to the GWF-D1000) and features Tough Solar power and a tide and moon graph. Like all Frogman watches, it has ISO 200M water resistance, a stainless steel case, and a screw-lock case back. The GW-6903K-7 is modeled after the iconic DW-6900 case from the 1990s and features Tough Solar power and Multi-Band 6 automatic radio time-sync.
The GF-8251K-7JR and GW-6903K-7JR are expected to be released in Japan in June 2019 with a list price of 48,000 JPY and 23,500 JPY, respectively.
This post will be updated when more information and photos are available.
Photo via TimeKnotMacau